Our 20,000 newsletter subscribers may have wondered why they hadn’t received the weekly market update email, as they do on every Friday of the past four years. Unfortunately, CryptoPotato’s mail-service account on MailChimp had been forced closed without prior notice.
In a surprising email for the popular email automation platform, they stated:
“Our automated abuse prevention system, Omnivore, reviewed your account with the username CryptoPotato. It detected content or actions which either conflict with our Acceptable Use Policy, or present a significant risk to our deliverability. The account has been disabled.”
Similar to January’s widespread Youtube crypto strikes and bans, we’re witnessing today a prime example of censorship against the crypto industry.
MailChimp: Cryptocurrencies On The Same List As Pornography
This isn’t the first time that MailChimp has received complaints after shutting down crypto-related accounts. In fact, back in April of 2018, the platform was forced to issue a formal response after several complaints were issued from members of the community.
“Cryptocurrency-related information isn’t necessarily prohibited. It can be sent as long as the sender isn’t involved in the production, sale, exchange, storage, or marketing of cryptocurrencies.” as twitted by MailChimp back in April 2018.
Looking upon MailChimp’s up-to-date acceptable use policy, under prohibited content, you can find pornography/sexually explicit content, sexual encounter sites or services, swingers services, gambling, and more. On the same list, you can also find “Cryptocurrencies, virtual currencies, and any digital assets related to an Initial Coin Offering.”
CryptoPotato’s newsletter had been delivering since 2016. Why only now, as we started 2020, MailChimp decided to terminate our account? We received no response until now.
YouTube and Now MailChimp
This new year already saw a social giant ban for crypto-related materials. During the first days of January 2020, CryptoPotato was among the first news outlets to report on the censorship issue behind removing crypto-related videos by YouTube and shutting down popular cryptocurrency-related channels. This had turned into “an error” according to the giant video platform, and fortunately, almost all of the affected channels were restored.
However, with an ever-increasing number of reports of crypto-censorships from major platforms like Youtube and MailChimp, followed by Facebook and Google Ads, members of the crypto community are left wondering what alternatives there are to turn to.
Maybe it’s time to start looking into solutions that are working to create a decentralized ecosystem for peer-to-peer networking. These platforms are working to create a better, more liberated world, by taking power out of the few and placing it into the hands of the people instead.
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